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Great Expectations Character analysis of Magwitch and Pip

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Great Expectations Analysis Peace Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens in 1860. The novel is based on a young boy named Pip on a quest to become a gentleman as he matures. Along the way he meets many helpful characters. These include Magwitch (the convict) and Lady Havisham, who watches Pip whilst he plays with her adopted daughter, Estella, making him feel inferior due to her higher financial status to Pip. Lady Havisham was left at the altar of her wedding receiving a note from her husband. Although you don't see the text from the letter you can infer that it was her husband confessing his thoughts on leaving her at the wedding altar. In this piece of work comparing chapter one and chapter thirty-nine of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens we automatically make comparisons and contrast the differences between the two chapters, but it is interesting to focus on particular areas. These include exploring the different situations and affairs of Pip and Magwitch in each chapter and how their circumstances have changed, the different settings from chapter one including the weather and the coincidental link between the characters, how Pip and Magwitch are portrayed by the author and admiring the adaptation of both Pip and Magwitch from chapter one and chapter thirty-nine, what information we acquire from both chapters on life during the nineteenth century, and most primarily the message Dickens has accommodated in both chapters. ...read more.


'The abhorrence in which I held the man,' this line suggests Pip's great dislike towards Magwitch after hearing the truth. In relation to Pip, Magwitch has also been through a change in character in the two chapters. In chapter one he was perceived as a very unapproachable and fierce character, he threatens Pip with intimidating language to get what he wants, '"Or I'll have your heart and liver out."' In chapter one Magwitch uses physical aggression on Pip, constantly tilting him upside down. This forceful behaviour underlines his strength showing he has the authority. However, in chapter thirty-nine Pip has the supremacy of both men, '"Keep off!"'. Magwitch ridicules Pip in chapter one, threatening him with taunting language to get what he wants. For example, Magwitch states, '"I'll have your heart and liver out"'. This line clearly will cause a shock in Pip, coming from a man of very poor presence, which will make him obey Magwitch's commands. In chapter one, I can infer that Magwitch expresses himself poorly through his grammar. For instance, Magwitch exclaims, '"Pint out the place!"' and he also asks Pip, '"And is that your father alonger your mother?"' Since chapter one, the changes in Magwitch have not gone unnoticed. He now comes across as polite and courteous towards Pip unlike his tormenting language in chapter one, he quotes, '"Yes," he replied; "I wish to come in' Master."' ...read more.


He is terrorised by the convict forcing him to do things. This summary of Pip in chapter one causes the reader to sympathise with Pip causing a compassionate beginning towards the character of Pip. However, evaluating Magwitch, the convicts, character is a completely different story. Magwitch's bullying and threatening behaviour towards Pip makes us despise his character seeing him as a thug and a nasty individual. From chapter thirty nine the tables have turned in the reader's feelings towards Pip. Now Pip acts as a snob, his behaviour is inappropriate, his reactions to Magwitch and the news he brings surprises reader as his behaviour in chapter one was very respectful towards his elders. Slowly he has forgotten what is really important in life and he almost has forgotten his roots. Unlike chapter one the reader does not sympathise with Pip, whereas in chapter one he frequently visited the graves of his parents. Also the feelings of the reader towards Magwitch have changed. We feel sorry for him; he is greatly delighted to see Pip again. However, Pip does not take his greeting kindly. We are also pleased for Magwitch as his criminal past is over and he has turned his life around making a good life for himself and Pip. Overall, in this essay looking at both chapters we can understand and identify the changes that have gone through the two characters, Pip and Magwitch. ...read more.

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